From the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore to Clifton Beach in Karachi to Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan to Lake Saif-ul-Muluk in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan is one of the world’s most picturesque places to visit. With these natural sites spread all over the country, these sites are to be witnessed, as they represent the artistic paintings of nature itself. This is best represented in the northern areas of Pakistan and is famous around the globe because of sky high mountains like K2, plush green valleys, monumental rivers, stunning lakes, and astonishing wildlife. The Paradise on Earth (Neelum Valley), Mini Switzerland (Swat Valley), and the Mountain Kingdom (Hunza Valley) are the major tourist attractions in Pakistan. With all of this beauty and arrangement of all things lavish, why aren’t there more people trying to visit these areas?
One reason is the complete disorganization of the Pakistani Government to manage these areas under their care. They have not established a dominating national park system to control what is going on in these areas. These problems lead to the destruction of Pakistan’s plush opulence in nature. Pollution and destruction by tourists that do visit the area are critical complications that need to be taken care of at once. Calling out the Government and forcing them to protect the wildlife and preserve the natural beauty of Pakistan brings us one step closer to reform in social infrastructure of parks and recreation.
Another major issue in these northern areas is security. While vacationing in Pakistan multiple times, my family and I have always wanted to visit these areas. However, to our discontent, we were always told that these areas were unsafe for anyone to visit. If the people of Pakistan cannot even roam in their own natural parks, why would any tourist take the chance? These problems are ones that need to be taken care of, so one day, I can say that I have explored my own homeland, discovered new things, learned about my country, and most importantly, created new memories with the ones I love, in the country I love, Pakistan.
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